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Japan to restrict chipmaking equipment exports, with eye on China

Tokyo aligns with U.S., listing 23 types in categories including etching

The U.S., Japan and the Netherlands are the key suppliers of advanced chipmaking equipment. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government announced on Friday that 23 items, including advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment, will be added to the list of items subject to export controls. The move will make it more difficult for companies to export to China.

The U.S. has strictly limited exports to China in areas such as manufacturing equipment for advanced semiconductors used in supercomputers and artificial intelligence, and Japan is following suit.

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